I work in downtown Minneapolis and like most downtown areas of big cities, parking is a pain in the ass. I park in a large 7 story ramp that is attached to the building I work in, and it’s not cheap… it really cuts into my beer budget. Each day I park on the same floor and take the elevator down.
I wrote a little about the elevators in this parking ramp, and their absolutely perfect whistling acoustics here.
On a rare occasion as I am getting on the ramp elevator in the morning I’ll see someone getting off heading to their car. I always think this is an odd thing to be doing at 8:30am.
Sure there are some legit possibilities. Maybe they forgot something in their car. Maybe they are heading off to a morning meeting somewhere.
But you all know me by now… I’m much more cynical than any of these thoughts. My theory is that they just got fired. I figure they came in to work like any other day, sat down at their desk and saw an email from their boss saying “We need to talk.” That is never a good email to get first thing in the morning.
The people I see aren’t carrying boxes. They don’t appear to be pissed off, crying or dealing with any other emotions. So I have no basis for my theory… it’s just the negative, smart-ass way I see things!
Yesterday morning I was waiting for the elevator along with two strangers, a man and a woman who I think were together. (Damn them for ruining my elevator whistling time) When the bell dinged, the guy stepped up to the doors. But when they opened a lady was standing there waiting to exit on our floor. This created that awkward, “oops” step to the side moment for the guy so the lady could exit.
As we all stepped in he said “I wouldn’t have expected someone to be coming OUT of the elevator”. I smiled and responded “she probably got fired” expecting a laugh, chuckle or at least a smile in return. What did I get? A look from each of them as if they wanted to say “how dare you say such a negative thing!” They actually gave me the stink eye.
I just rolled my eyes at them and waited for my floor. What the hell is wrong with people… it’s not like they knew her.
Maybe I need to start taking the stairs.